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have visited, a 3.2 miles, a seven minute drive from sandy hook area the morning after sandy hook, thinking about that, i went to their website. their website is to have a roster of employees and they had picture and brief bioof each employee. and that was taken down. this was their neighborhood elementary school. the kids, the employees kits kids and acquaintances were probably there that day. and nobody has connected the dots yet. but in regards to the industry's intellectual hub, and i refuse to have that labeled as an oxymoron, every senior executive in the industry knows the people and that means that every senior executive in the industry is not all that many degrees of separation away from a kid that was at sandy hook elementary school that day. looking at geography in the structure of the industry, nothing has been said. i suspect in ways that i certainly do not know, this may be, yet again, a unique thing. i'm hoping there someone in the room who does have an in with the industry because i think there is an opportunity that we might be able to say this was in her your yar
on hand and when sandy had, the amount paid out exceeded the cash on hand in our existing borrowing authority. so congress has to appropriate almost $9 billion so we could go out and borrow enough money to pay those claims off. who is paying the interest on that? who was ultimately sat with the data if the insurance policies never pay that off? do the taxpayer. you are the insurance come me. it's called the national flood insurance program. you are responsible for that exposure and at the point where fema can no longer borrow enough money for congress cannot find my money, we will build a payer claims that the fault, which means it will come back to you the taxpayer to make up the difference. why was the flood insurance program created in the first place? remember that saying about it might be assigned? from the private sector said the risk and exposure to flooding is greater than our ability to make returns for shareholders. first of all, insurance companies are not evil people. they have a job to do to manage risk in such a way they can provide coverage at a rate which they pay ou
themselves down. so super storm sandy in the midwest and impact on agriculture, bodleian flyers, the earthquake, tsunami and it clear reactor accident in japan last year, haiti earthquake. the list is long and worrying. in 2011, we had more disasters in the united states costing over a billion dollars. in fact, even more disasters, but not quite as many in 2012. the drought is super storm are hugely expensive. so disasters are happening with greater frequency, greater severity and absolutely with much, much greater cost. so we are here over the next three days to work across traditional boundaries to connect scientists as part tichenor's, with policymakers from the international to the local level, with conservation organization, with corporations and it is our belief that only, i want to emphasize only by working together can we solve these immense challenges that face us. and the costs are not simply financial, but as we tragically know, and many, many lives are lost in these disasters. and so, if we can come up with just one useful idea in the next three days, the benefit, ev
be monitoring, of course the economics comes to bear. we know about hurricane sandy, anybody has an estimate of what the drought of 2012 has cost us so far? the issue is within agriculture alone, the estimate from usda to date is almost $50 billion within agriculture alone. what ends up happening, and don and others could tell you from work done by the national drought mitigation center, is when we ask, well, where are those impacts coming from, the agricultural impacts constituted about 25% of the total number of of reported impacts that we had seen. water resources, energy, wildfire. and one of the things you order in the last discussion and in this one that is the underappreciated aspect of the impacts of drought and air ridty, the loss of ecosystem sources as they support and supply tourism, recreation, clean water and clear air. we do not have any sense of what the costs of those multiple impacts are. we know a bit about the insured impacts from agriculture, but so, therefore, what needs to be considered? the indicators, as margaret is saying, about how people are economically impacted,
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